Dr. Alicia M. Walker


Sociology and Anthropology

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Sociology and Anthropology
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Alicia Walker is assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology. Her research is focused on intimate sexual relationships, gender and sexuality, and social inequalities in education. In particular, her work looks at potentially stigmatized behaviors individuals choose in an effort to cope with interpersonal stressors. Her research strives to examine the underlying dynamics of intimate relationships to understand their impact on quality of life for the individual, as well as the impact of gendered expectations on our behaviors and attitudes, and our own understanding and navigation of our behaviors and attitudes.

Her work has been discussed in articles published locally, nationally and internationally in publications, such as The New York Times, Fox News, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, The Sun, The Independent, The Daily Mail, AskMen, YourTango, USA Today, The Guardian, The Cut, Logo and CNN, among others.

Currently, Walker is at work writing a book on men's experiences with infidelity called Unquenchable Masculinity: Affirmation, Attention, and Pressure to Perform in Men's Infidelity. This book is under contract at Palgrave Macmillan and due out in early 2020. She’s also working on a book on women who self-describe as "highly sexual.” 



  • PhD, Sociology, 2015, University of Kentucky
  • MEd, Educational Administration, 2010, Texas State University
  • Post-Bac Certification, Education, 1995, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • BA, English, 1992, University of Tampa


  • SOC 150 Introduction to Society
  • SOC 152 Social Problems
  • SOC 311 Sociology of Sexuality
  • SOC 315 The Family
  • SOC 318 Sociology of Love/Courtship
  • SOC 337 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 420 Social Inequalities

Professional experience

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Research and professional interests

  • Intimate sexual relationships
  • Sexualities/sexual identities
  • Gender
  • Social inequalities in education

Other interests


  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sex
  • Southern Sociological Society

Awards and honors

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, College of Education, Missouri State University, 2015
  • Beers Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 2013

Additional resources

Area of expertise

Sociology Family dynamics and relationships Gender Issues

Media appearances

If You're Sick Of Zoom, You'll Love These Brilliant Long-Distance Date Ideas
Women's Health
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker offers one suggestion.

The ups and downs of dating during COVID-19 pandemic
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker addresses online dating during the stay-at-home order.

Nurturing Your Relationship With Your Partner
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker talks about the traits of healthy relationships, as well as how to keep your relationship fresh and exciting.

Why Do Women Cheat? Look Past Old Stereotypes About Infidelity for the Answer
Good Housekeeping
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker weighs in on why.

Cheating made this lesbian couple’s marriage stronger than ever
New York Post
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker explains why it’s more common than we think for people to stray from their spouses and remain happily married.

The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality
Marie Claire
Author Dr. Wednesday Martin cites the research of sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker on why women cheat.

Monogamy May Be Even More Difficult For Women Than it Is For Men
Author Dr. Wednesday Martin cites the research of sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker on why women cheat.

32 Signs Your Marriage Is Built to Last
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker explains why sex helps a marriage last.

Why So Many Women Cheat on Their Husbands
The Cut
Writer Kim Brooks highlights the upcoming book on women and infidelity by sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker.

The 'happiness gap': What having kids really does to your marriage
Sociologist Dr. Alicia Walker explains why American parents are not as happy as European parents.